Monthly Archives: January 2012
Jan 31 2012
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Jan 31 2012
Elements Kitchen Pasadena Closed :-(

We are sad to report that Elements Kitchen in Pasadena has officially closed its doors.
Located in the wonderful Playhouse district off the right of the plaza.

According to a post on facebook:

Hi fans. It is with much sadness that I announce that Elements Kitchen has officially closed. Thank you all for the wonderful memories and support over these past two years…it’s been such a great ride and I’m grateful to all of you!
Onil Chibas

We wish the chefs, staff the best of luck in their future endeavors. I am sure we will see Onil announce something in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and be sure to keep an eye out.

Here’s some info on the location if anyone is interested.


Turn-key Restaurant for Sale. A beautiful, meticulously designed fine-dining restaurant with a large open kitchen and a full bar/lounge. Completely rebuilt and renovated in 2009. Restaurant has been well reviewed and featured in various publications.

Modern Mediterranean décor. Restaurant opens to the Playhouse courtyard.

Type 41 ABC liquor license. Fully staffed.

Restaurateur’s dream! Call for a private showing and more information. Do not disturb the staff or customers.

At the heart of the historic Playhouse District, steps away from such revered Pasadena institutions as the Pasadena Playhouse, Vroman’ s Bookstore, Jacob Maarse Florists, and Laemmle Theatres.

Jan 31 2012
Kaiser Workers Strike

600-700 People on Strike at Kaiser this morning at Kaiser Hollywood facility.
Off the job until 6am tomorrow morning.
Peak they expect more than 22,000
Kaiser Workers Strike

Mark Costa – Kaiser spokesperson, says they have been prepared for the strike

Doug Aberg – a nurse with Kaiser, 2,000 nurses, they need more staff.
Kaiser workers are frustrated

This is about the patients.
This has to be dealt with by the administration of both the executives and union of health care workers.

Jan 31 2012
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Jan 31 2012
Tours & Concert Promoters Expect Good Year for 2012 with 3-15% Growth

Concert promoters expect good things in 2012
With Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, the Beach Boys, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber tours planned, 2012 could be record-setting. The Rolling Stones and Madonna would only add to it.
Story in the LA Times here

Tours & Concert Promoters Expect Good Year for 2012 with 3-15% Growth

Jan 31 2012
DRUCKER BUSINESS FORUM – Strategic Design Thinking – Ravi Sawhney In conversation with Dr. Arvind Bhambri

Co-Presented by KPCC/Southern California Public Radio

Strategic Design Thinking
Ravi Sawhney
In conversation with Dr. Arvind Bhambri

The RKS team is led by Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO, who is also an author, lecturer and thought leader on design and innovation.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Continental Breakfast & Networking: 7:45-8:30am
Forum: 8:30-9:30am
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
Register here

KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

Ravi Sawhney, FIDSA: The RKS team is led by Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO, who is also an author, lecturer and thought leader on design and innovation. Sawhney is a popular keynote speaker who has been featured recently in DC at the U.S. Patent & Trademark headquarters alongside the Undersecretary of Commerce, in Brazil at the Cycle of Knowledge Conference, in Cannes at the World Innovation Conference, and at the IDSA National Convention’s awards program.

Mr. Sawhney is sought in both corporate and academic environments for his deep knowledge of design strategy, innovation collaboration and empathetic and psychological knowledge of people and consumer behavior.

Mr. Sawhney has had an impressive and varied career that gets more exciting every day! He helped invent the touch screen, reinvented the electric guitar, developed children’s favorite Teddy Ruxpin, and has helped deliver clever product solutions and concepts more recently for clients in many categories from healthcare, to kitchen tools, consumer electronics and everything in-between.

Sawhney writes for Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Core77 and others as an expert blogger, has been inducted as a Fellow in the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and recognized with an honorary Ph.D. from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is also the innovator/Jury Chair emeritus of IDSA’s Catalyst case program, championing design’s power to effect positive change in business, in lives and throughout the world, and a fixture as juror or chairman at many of the world’s most prestigious product design competitions.

Arvind Bhambri has been on the faculty of the Graduate Business School at the University of Southern California since obtaining his doctorate from the Harvard Business School. He specializes in strategic change, competitive strategy, global business development, and leadership.

Before coming to the U.S., Dr. Bhambri was trained as an electrical engineer in India. During 2000-2002, Dr. Bhambri took a sabbatical from USC to lead strategy and business development at a global web-based supply chain company in food and agricultural products with offices in India and the U.S.

An active consultant and executive educator, Dr. Bhambri has co-authored three books and more than thirty articles and case studies, including Harvard best-sellers on IBM and Johnson & Johnson. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Trianz, Inc., a global provider of consulting and information technology solutions in the U.S., Japan, and India, and The Music Circle, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to classical Indian music in Southern California.

The Drucker Business Forum is produced by the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.The series is co-presented by KPCC.

Jan 31 2012
T-Mobile Domestic Data Roaming Changes Detailed, Confirmed For April 5th, 2012

According to a breaking story on tmonews:

Domestic data roaming will not be subject to data speed reduction. The allotment will be reset with each bill cycle. After the allotment is reached, the customer will no longer have data roaming access until they return to the T-Mobile network or connect via Wi-Fi if they have a Wi-Fi capable device.

“Domestic data roaming will not be subject to data speed reduction. The allotment will be reset with each bill cycle. After the allotment is reached, the customer will no longer have data roaming access until they return to the T-Mobile network or connect via Wi-Fi if they have a Wi-Fi capable device.”

T-Mobile will begin notifying customers in early February via bill insert, email and SMS introducing the new domestic data roaming plans. The domestic roaming data allotments will apply to all existing and grandfathered data plans and in T-Mobile’s words “…will help T-Mobile reduce data roaming costs in order to continue providing the most competitive pricing options…While domestic data roaming allotments are new for T-Mobile, they are currently used across the wireless industry and are quite common with other carriers. It is expected that few customers use enough domestic data while roaming to be impacted by this change.”

read more here

Jan 30 2012
NEWSFLASH: Virgin America Cuts Fares from LA in 5-Day Sale as Low as $69

From the Travelzoo Newsdesk:

LOS ANGELES–JANUARY 30, 2012– For the next five days,
Virgin America is reducing nationwide fares from Los Angeles
for last-minute February travel. Prices now are as low as
$69 each way, including taxes.

These fares, available most dates in February, are the
lowest we’ve seen on Virgin America for this travel window.

Nonstop fares include (each way, including taxes):

– San Francisco … $69
– Chicago … $89
– Seattle … $99
– Dallas … $109
– New York … $139
– Washington, D.C. … $139
– Boston … $149
– Orlando … $169

Virgin America’s upscale in-flight experience — complete
with Wi-Fi, food on demand, live TV and pay-per-view movies
— has earned it the title of Best Domestic Airline from
Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines.

To book, click the link below. A seven-day advance purchase
is required. Fares around Presidents Day weekend (Feb.
18-20) may be higher. Fares for spring travel, March 1 – May
23, are also discounted.

Jan 30 2012
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3.5 to 4 million per 30 seconds of advertising space
Viewers are looking forward to the ads.
Funny animals
Danica and GoDaddy are back!
Career Builder
Chevy – contest
Audio – LED lights


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Jan 30 2012
Celebrating with your friends before your wedding is a great idea

Bachelor party has been around as an old-age ritual as long as there have been weddings. It’s always great for the groom to spend some quality time on the last night or weekend to leave him with some memories that would stay fresh even long after several years of marriage. But the best celebration comes with a party that does not jeopardize the marriage. Have a great time with friends without getting into too much trouble since the idea is pure celebration minus a messy outcome.

Bachelor Party vs. Wedding day

Wedding day is of course more significant day in the life of the groom but plan a bachelor party well ahead at least a couple of weeks before the wedding. This will ensure that you as a groom can celebrate both the days with much comfort and ease. Let the memories not fade away in the hectic journey of celebrations that come one by one. Give yourself some time to prepare well before your final day too. It’s advisable to keep the two celebrations at a fair distance from each other in dates! It’s no joy for anyone seeing you enter your wedding day with bloodshot eyes.

Venue Speaks Your Mood

And yes this is true! The selection of the venue speaks about the mood with which you intend to celebrate your bachelor party. If it’s a restaurant, it’s natural that you are planning something happening. But if you wish to celebrate it in a beach side or prefer to lock yourselves in a room before you hit the buzzer for starting the show, plans will be different. So, ensure that you are not selecting a venue where you can’t carry on with what you have planned and that, it does not look abrupt.

What to do?

Sitting across together, whiskey, games, casino, sporting, paintball, skydiving and music – there is so much to involve in your plans for a bachelor party. Sitting around the bonfire, narrating stories from your past will give your bachelor party that required ingredient of humor and everlasting fun. You can well plan the theme of the party in advance to give your party a more colorful look. However, you must allow your friends the prerogative of surprises that they might have planned for you!

Stay Safe and Alive By the End

Safety needs to be kept in mind after you end up with your bachelor party and before you step into a new phase of your life. Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive in haste. Make sure you have backups like a driver (who is not drunk) ready to get you back home safely. You can also jot down your plans in a paper so that you are still going well even after you are drunk.

It’s better to have at least one person ready who will not lose on control and is capable of taking the responsibility till the end – it can be you or another friend. You can rock during a concert, go sporting and enjoying in an amusement park or simply sit beside a beach but whatever you do just make sure you have your budgets well planned. Celebrate with friends before your wedding and enjoy the last day of your bachelorhood with a day never spent before.

About the Author:

The above article is composed and edited by Emily Steves. She is associated with many fashion and holidays communities as their freelance writer and adviser. In her free time she writes articles related to stag nights,  abroad, fashion accessories, etc


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